WUNC Music

WUNC Music is the place for music discovery in North Carolina. New Indie Rock, Alternative and straight ahead Rock and Roll is mixed in with old favorites and emerging local bands.

Listen to WUNC Music

Try our new web pop-up player above, listen  with the web player at the top of this page, on the WUNC App (iOS or Android), via TuneIn or at 91.5 HD2 in the Triangle area. 

 Playlists 
♪ About  
♪ Songs We Love Podcast

Check out our video song of the day!

John Howie Jr.'s new album is 'Not Tonight'
(John Howie Jr. photo by Kevin Clark)

Misery and heartbreak make a good country song. Multiply that weeping and twang by eleven and you get John Howie Jr.'s latest "Not Tonight". (The album features eleven cuts. Cuts might be the operative word here.)

"Not Tonight" is set for release on September 21, 2018.  You can get an exclusive preview of it here.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hopscotch 2018 Highlights

Sep 11, 2018
Nile Rogers & Chic performing at Hopscotch on Saturday September 8, 2018
Rodney Boles

The streets, clubs and theaters of Raleigh were rocking, hopping, and jamming hard last week as the ninth annual Hopscotch Music Festival filled downtown with all manner of music.

A picture of Stuart McLamb of The Love Language.
Marci Hohner / Merge Records

Stuart McLamb had to make a big move to complete his new album under the moniker The Love Language. Baby Grand got its start in a warehouse in Virginia, but it was McLamb's move to the west coast that prompted a creative surge that completed the collection.  Each song inhabits its own universe and stands alone, but it also holds together as an expression of McLamb's creative vision.

A picture of Amanda Shires.
Elizaveta Porodina / All Eyes Media

The surprisingly hard rocking song "Eve's Daughter" is just one of the stand-out singles on Amanda Shires' new record To The Sunset. The singer-songwriter and fiddler wrote her fifth collection of songs while sharing child-care duties with her partner Jason Isbell.

WATCH: Aretha Franklin Detroit Memorial

Aug 30, 2018
Aretha Franklin preforms at the Lincoln Memorial for President Clinton's inaugural gala on January 17, 1993.
Mark Reinstein / Corbis via Getty Images

Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31, at 10 a.m EST.

More than two dozen people – including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description – will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

The Be Loud Sophie Foundation will host its 5th anniversary show at the Cat's Cradle this weekend.  

The annual event raises money to benefit adolescent and young adult cancer patients at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill. The foundation honors the memory of Sophie Steiner, a Chapel Hill teenager who died of cancer in 2013. It was founded by her parents Lucy and Niklaus Steiner.

The album cover of 'Shadowlawn'
Harrison Haynes

After almost two decades with The Old Ceremony and other side projects like Au Pair and the traveling Big Star Tribute, Django Haskins has a new solo record.

A picture of the Cowboy Junkies.
Heather Pollock

Cowboy Junkies have been making music together for more than 30 years. 

Siblings Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins are once again joined by childhood friend Alan Anton for their first new recording is six years.  It's called All That Reckoning, and it reflects a more direct political stance from the band.

Nathan Bowles' clawhammer banjo music has always lived in three planes of existence: Rooted in the past, with a foothold in the present and an eye on the future. But as much as we think about folk music speaking across time — its seeking melodies and lyrics ever-resonant — Bowles wants to pluck sound from space itself.

A photo of Ryan Gustafson with a guitar.
Shervin Lainez

When he's not on the road playing in Hiss Golden Messenger or Phil Cook's Guitarheels, Ryan Gustafson lives in the mountains near Asheville. But he often hits the road on his own, taking in the sights and sounds of other cultures and other places. As he travels, he writes down some of his thoughts and puts them to song. The result is his third album as The Dead Tongues. The band will play from its new album in Carrboro this weekend.

Felice Brothers
Tony Margherita Mgmt

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time, we're talking with James Felice of The Felice Brothers about 'Aerosol Ball,' the first track off of the band's latest record 'Life In The Dark.'

The band's lyrics are extremely literate, often invoking rich imagery of American history, but James says this song is just fun.

Listen to the episode here:

A picture of the band Wye Oak.
Shervin Lainez / Merge Records

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time, Eric Hodge chats with Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner about the title track from their latest record, 'The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs.'

She says the song has different meanings for different people, and that duality fueled her creative process.

Listen to the episode here:

Gabriella Bulgarelli / WUNC

Valerie June is known for her eclectic voice, energetic on-stage performance and soulful lyrics. She was born in Tennessee, raised in the church and got her start in the music biz by helping out her dad who promoted artists like Prince and Bobby Womack.

Phil Cook
Courtesy of Josh Wool

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Durham's Phil Cook about 'Miles Away,' the first single from his new album People Are My Drug.

Who Will Be The Next WUNC Music Trivia Champ?

Jun 21, 2018

Assemble your music trivia savvy friends and bone up on local music facts. It's time for the second in our series of WUNC Music Trivia Nights. And, it's happening Wed., June 27 at Local 506 in Chapel Hill.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the quiz starts at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded from Schoolkids, Yep Roc, Local 506 and Festival for the Eno. Keep reading for a couple of hints that will give you a leg up on the competition.

Robert Plant
Ed Miles

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time, Eric Hodge chats with rock icon Robert Plant about the title track of his latest solo record, Carry Fire. It's a dramatic sounding song, and Plant says the idea for it began as a fragment of music he heard during a practice session.

Listen to the episode here:

At a North Carolina nightclub in late May, a woman named Shaneera presided onstage, coyly flicking fake, nut-colored hair over her shoulders. Her eyes, super-sized by drag makeup, were visible from the back of the club as she chanted short spells in Arabic, while her music — all pandemonium and pummel — rattled the venue like a weak earthquake. Despite the diabolical display, when Shaneera looked out into the crowd, her gaze felt unexpectedly tender. At the end of her set, credits rolling behind her, she bowed, removed her wig and laughed herself offstage.

The bugle call of taps. The swell of voices spontaneously joining to sing "We Shall Overcome." The urgency of "Fight The Power." Anthems are songs that tap into the collective emotions that listeners and performers have around an issue, whether it's joyful pride in one's country or rage over injustice.

Mipso - Edges Run
Joseph Blankinship

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On the latest episode, Eric Hodge chats with Mipso about "Edges Run," the title track off of the band's latest album. 

Libby Rodenbough says the hook for the song came first. She knew that the phrase 'Edges Run' could mean different things to different people, so she wanted to stay true to that theme with the rest of the lyrics.

Mipso
D.L. Anderson

The North Carolina band Mipso decamped to Oregon last winter to record the recently released Edges Run. 

A group of protesters outside of the Greensboro coliseum before R Kelly is scheduled to perform.
Skip Foreman / AP Photo

A Texas woman filed a lawsuit Monday accusing R.Kelly of sexual battery and knowingly infecting her with herpes. This is the latest in a decades-long string of allegations against the R&B artist that detail an array of misconduct, including his repeatedly holding women against their will in a “sex cult.” Hollywood leaders recently renewed the #MuteRKelly movement to demand that companies who profit from his music cut ties.

photo of michelle lhooq in a club
Luis Nieto Dickens

Female and queer artists will make up a majority of the lineup at this year’s Moogfest in downtown Durham. It’s a roster that pushes back against the prominence of men as the creators, performers and promoters in the electronic music industry.

Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, whose bleak but often triumphantly arranged rock songs tackled depression, anxiety and self-doubt, was found dead at Port Edgar near South Queensberry, Scotland, around 8:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, Edinburgh Police confirmed in a statement provided to NPR. He was 36.

A picture of the band Wye Oak.
Shervin Lainez / Merge Records

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have created and released their fifth album as Wye Oak. The band formed in Baltimore about 10 years ago. Now, the two are working in different geological corners with Wasner in Durham and Stack in Marfa, Texas.

The name of the record is The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. It's being hailed by many critics and fans as their finest yet.

WUNC Music and The Durham present Music Trivia
Heather Cook

[Now that the event is over, scroll down for the answer to our video questions]

Activists have been trying since last summer to get the music industry to sever its ties to R&B singer R. Kelly, following years of allegations from women who say the singer sexually and emotionally abused them.

Pages